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The Challenge of Criminal Justice Reform

Western, Bruce P.

In this paper, I propose a framework for the future direction of criminal justice reform. The punishing effects of American criminal justice have become pervasive in communities challenged by racial inequality, poverty, and violence. Responding to violence in contexts of racial inequality and poverty is the fundamental challenge for reform. To meet this challenge, we must develop socially-integrative responses to violence that draw victims and offenders back into the social compact. Such responses will help restore social bonds and build pathways of opportunity for communities contending with poverty and racial exclusion.


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Academic Units
Justice Lab
The Square One Project
Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy
Published Here
March 4, 2019
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